Master Builders' Diploma of Building and Construction is a course designed specifically for residential builders and commercial site supervisors and foremen who want to build larger projects.

Delivered over 10 months (or 6 months RPL), their Diploma of Building and Construction provides students with the qualifications required to apply for a Builder Medium Rise licence, which allows for building work up to a maximum of three stories.

The course is delivered as a series of modules that cover all aspects of building and construction including managing health and safety risk, tendering, estimating, project planning, selecting and managing subcontractors, material selection, and applying building codes and standards.

Maximilian Claxton is a 23-year old Brisbane local who works for Hutchinson Builders and is currently undertaking the Diploma…

When did you get involved in the industry? For what reasons?

I started in the construction industry back in 2007, when I was in grade 11 at St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace and doing a school-based apprenticeship of four days of school and one day of work a week. This is was a carpentry apprenticeship and I was doing it with Hutchinson Builders.

Once I graduated from school I went straight into full-time work with Hutchinson’s and I haven’t looked back since. From a very young age I was interested and fascinated with building/construction and the way buildings come together. I always knew that I wanted to go down this path.

I currently work as a site foreman for the John Berlese team at Hutchies and I couldn’t be happier and proud to work for such a great organisation

Why did you decide to enrol in a Diploma of Building course?

Even though I don’t plan to start my own business I decided to enrol in the Diploma of Building and Construction, because I want to further my knowledge in the industry and potentially create more opportunities for the future, ideally progressing through the ranks of Hutchinson Builders.

What were the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the course?

The most challenging aspect of the Diploma is trying to find a balance between working full-time, attending classes and completing all the necessary assessments. Coming from an on-site position I found the estimating, tendering and the contracts side of things challenging, yet extremely rewarding as it is all new to me. It will also be rewarding to have my Diploma and my own Builder Medium Rise licence.

Any advice on the process/ things you wish had been told to you?

All of my expectations have been met. I was advised there was a lot of hours and assessment to be completed, however I was more than happy to put the effort in to obtain the additional knowledge and qualifications.

For anyone looking to further their knowledge and qualifications within the building and construction industry, I would highly recommend this course. The trainers and resources provided by Master Builders have been excellent.

To find out more about Master Builder's Diploma of Building and Construction, call them on 1300 136 002 or visit www.masterbuilders.asn.au/training